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Final Preps Underway Before Six Flags Opens This Weekend

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AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — On Saturday, April 12, Six Flags New England is opening its gates for the 2014 season.

Workers have been preparing for months.

Ply Pimchaya came all the way from Thailand to welcome you to the park.

“In Thailand, when we are greeting, we have to bow like this and say sawat-dee,” says Pimchaya.

[and do you think you’ll do that to your customers when they come to Six Flags?] asks ABC40’s Brittany Decker.

“Yes of course!”  Ply responds.

Arriving in Agawam over a month ago, these international student workers have been busy planning for the big open.

The season ahead is learning experience and they look forward to meeting the guests.

“It’s about conversations, because in Thailand, we learn about that and here we can talk to a foreigner like you,” says Paul Saothayanan.

They join the 3,000 seasonal employees and 100 full-timers who have been working hard to get everything ready.

Since January, every inch of each ride has been inspected and the property is newly paved and blooming with color.

“You know the snow we had on our property almost until last week or a couple of days ago it’s been on our ground but it looks gorgeous,” says Six Flags New England Communication Manager Jennifer McGrath.

“Painting the handrails is really important because it makes the ride look new for all of our guests even though the attraction it’s over 100 years old,” says employee, Gina Iannuzzi.

And a new year means a new attraction; this time Six Flags is taking it to new heights.

“The New England SkyScreamer is the world’s tallest swing ride, standing over 400 ft. in the air. Guests will climb 40 stories reaching speeds over 35 mph,” McGrath explains.

Opening in mid-May this could be the closest you’ll ever get to flying. All other attractions, new performances and food options are ready for Saturday. The park hours are from 10:30 AM- 8PM on both Saturday and Sunday.

In celebration of opening day, guests who donate at least three items for the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society will receive a special discount of $20.14 off the main gate admission price.

Possible items to donate:

Animal care supplies

  • Dry dog food
  • Dry cat food Canned cat food
  • Scoopable cat litter
  • Kong rubber toys or feeder balls
  • Cat toys
  • Bird perches (varying sizes)

Maintenance Supplies

  • Dish Soap
  • Bleach

Office Supplies

  • Postage stamps
  • Copy paper
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